Getting neatly dismantled in the comments. Daley is an utter fruitcake.
20 minutes ago
Sunday trading laws often allow people who work in retail - the vast majority paid somewhere around minimum wage - to spend at least some time with their loved ones. Taking away any controls will create even more antisocial work patterns that those that already exist in retail. As ever, Janet's vision of "personal freedom" is limited to those who can afford it.
30 minutes ago
Perhaps, Janet might remember when she arrived in this country- 1965, I believe, that outside of town, shops closed at lunch from 1pm to 2-15pm. Back then, when a single earner could support a family, we were not obsessed by wealth and shopping, and consumerism, generally. Indeed, before the freezer, most people did a little shopping most days and the amount of food thrown away was pretty much zero.
It's funny how times change- I wonder if Janet has worked in retail- and worked shifts or hours that meant she was never at home when her kids were awake- that sort of thing? Attached to a piece of string- waiting for a call to let her know what hours she might work and that sort of "flexibility" that these increased hours engender? It's called "progress" and we've had plenty of that since 1965.
5 minutes ago
Back in the early seventies, when I bought my first house, one income on the national average wage was sufficient to obtain a mortgage for an average house and run a small car. After forty years of Janet Daley style progress most young families with two parents working full time do not earn enough to get a mortgage for the average house. Since that time the lives of the rich, like Janet Daley, have greatly improved at the expense of the average worker.